This is the day all of us were waiting for many months, since BMW announced the new i sub-brand to be more precise. If we already knew how the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will look like mainly as it is based on the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, the new i3 electric model was somehow shrouded in mystery until now. As we previously announced, BMW held a press conference today revealing more details about the new range containing eco-friendly models.
Fortunately, they also displayed the first two models scheduled to enter the market in 2013. Since now, we got the opportunity to see the new i3 only in few renderings and spy photos but today we can clearly see how the new fully electric city car looks like.
The model bears the “concept” badge but it will certainly keep most of the concept’s features considering that it will debut this fall at Frankfurt. As we already knew, BMW i3 features the LifeDrive architecture and as mentioned above, it is a fully electric five-door hatchback designed mainly for the crowded cities, its dimensions providing an advantage in this situation.
“The BMW i3 Concept is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed for urban areas. Driven purely by electric power and purpose-built to meet the demands of sustainable and emission-free mobility, it embodies an intelligent form of urban transportation and commuting,” says BMW.
Actually, we talk about the smallest BMW ever with a length of 3,84 m, a width of 1,53 m, has a height of 2 m and a wheelbase of 2,5 meters. Under the bonnet, the new BMW i3 packs an electric engine able to deliver a total output of 170 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque, the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h being done in less than eight seconds.
“Its innovative LifeDrive architecture renders the BMW i3 Concept light, safe, spacious and dynamic. Innovative use of materials and intelligent lightweight design, moreover, not only enable the i3 Concept to travel long distances on a single charge and provide superb safety in the event of a collision, they also help give the car its excellent driving dynamics,” conclude the Germans. More details, photos and videos of the new BMW i3 will be available in the coming days on our blog!